Friday, January 15, 2016

The power of the pen

I will always be an advocate for the handwritten word. To me there is no better way to solidify and craft one's thoughts while avoiding the distractions of digital life.

Five interviewing body language mistakes

It's surprising how much of a difference little changes in body language can make when interviewing. Posture, movement, even eye contact can move you to the top of the list or the bottom. What kind of impression do you make?

Zappos: Take the money and run please

An interesting piece on the management strategy of Zappos and how they would rather have employees leave and be happy over staying and just collecting a check.

It's not an approach that works for all businesses but I'll admit I can see the strength of it when it comes to building and maintaining corporate culture.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Safer driving with Android and Google Now

Recently I moved to a longer commute than I had in the past and as such thought it was as good an opportunity as any to see how much hands-free control I could wrangle from Android and Google Now.  I installed the Google Now launcher on my LG G4 and put it to work.  Now by just saying "Ok, Google" I can...
  • Launch Google Maps
  • Listen to incoming text messages
  • Reply to those text messages or send new ones
  • Open other applications by just saying "Launch [application name]"
  • Get directions by voice command
There are a number of things you can say to Google Now, but some of my favorites are:
  • "Ok, Google, launch Maps"
  • "Ok, Google, navigate me home"
  • "Ok, Google, text [person's name here]"
  • "Ok, Google, note to self [say the note]"
  • "Ok, Google, read my last text messages" (this is a good one)
Do you have ways you're using your Android (or iOS device) in a hands free way when driving?  Share them in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dealing with Resistance to Sharing Information

Whether you are a consultant, business analyst, project manager, or just a professional tasked with gathering information from other people, you will at some point run into people who are resistant to sharing what they know. In this article we will take a closer look at some of the causes of this behavior and ways you can get around the roadblocks to the information you need.
The business analyst often runs into a difficult situation caused by the unwillingness or inability of the stakeholders to share information about their requirements in the process of capturing business requirements for many projectsThis can also be seen in instances when business team members need to share information about how or why business processes function the ways they do. There are a variety of reasons why team members can be resistant to sharing information, especially with an outside consultant, so I'm going to focus on five of the most common areas: